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Alexei Yashin, according to his agent Mark Gandler, is not happy with the contract offers he has received from NHL teams.
‘‘We are still talking to some teams. So far the offers we have received we are not happy with,’’ Gandler said in an interview with CKNW Radio in Vancouver. ‘‘If we are not going to get what we are looking for than he (Yashin) will definitely go to Russia.’‘
‘‘I think that what’s making an impression on the teams is the fact that he received this huge buyout. I don’t know what else is weighing on them.’‘
I happen to know the movie “Transformers” is pretty popular now, but to be truthful, that is all I know about it. Reading this just confused me even more…
from LCS Hockey,
Optimus Prime: He’s the leader of the Autobots and arguably the best Transformer. Sidney Crosby would be the first name that comes to mind, but Sid’s kind of young. Optimus Prime is more of a veteran leader. Mario Lemieux would have made the prefect Optimus. Or Steve Yzerman. Ron Francis. Of current NHLers, though, I’d say Joe Sakic is the closest.
Bumblebee: In the cartoons, Bumblebee was always the scrappy little guy trying to prove his worth to the older Autobots. Now that’s Crosby. But in winning the Art Ross, Hart, and Lester Pearson last season, Sid may have gone from Bumblebee to Optimus Prime.
Ratchet: Ratchet’s an ambulance. No doubt, he’s Peter Forsberg
The NHL will release its 2007-08 schedule this afternoon on NHL.com at approximately 2 p.m. ET
from the New York Daily News,
...an announcement could come as early as this morning that Lundqvist has agreed to a one-year contract worth approximately $2.5 million. The deal is essentially a bridge to next season and beyond that will enable Lundqvist and the club to avoid their scheduled July 24 salary arbitration case while keeping the Rangers from having to unload players to get under this season’s $50.3 million salary cap.
The 25-year-old goaltender will get his big-money, long-term deal soon enough. After Jan. 1, 2008, the Rangers can sign Lundqvist to a lucrative and lengthy extension for 2008-09 and beyond without affecting their ‘07-08 salary-cap situation. And they almost certainly will do so.
more on Lundqvist & Shanahan…
update 11:00am, from the New York Rangers,
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with restricted free agent goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.
added 12:03pm, $4.25M for 1yr per TSN...
from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Mansions? Flashy cars? Gaudy jewelry?
Crosby is content being a renter at Mario Lemieux’s house and driving a vehicle that’s good in the snow and gets him to and from work. And the only piece of bling in which he seems interested is one that can’t be bought in a store: A Stanley Cup ring.
That’s why he accepted a deal that’s worth an average of $8.7 million per season, below the maximum allowed by the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement.
from the Philly News,
On another note, Holmgren said he has heard the rumors that Ducks sniper Teemu Selanne was considering seeking employment with the Flyers to play with Finnish friends Sami Kapanen and Kimmo Timonen, but said he hasn’t had any contact with either his agent or Selanne.
“I think this is one rumor where there is smoke and no fire,” Holmgren said.
more on the Flyers and what Hartnell had to say at his official introduction…
added 10:29am, Spector has more on this plus all the UFA and trade talk…
from the News & Observer,
Erik Cole is home now in upstate New York, training camp still two months away, the Carolina Hurricanes’ last game three months in the past.
But no matter how far he gets away from hockey, it’s still a pain in his neck.
Sixteen months after Cole suffered a compression fracture of the C5 vertebra in his neck after a hit from behind, he’s still feeling the effects. He continues to strengthen his back and neck muscles to build stability in his neck, and he wonders if he’ll ever regain the flexibility he once had.
from the NY Post,
“I don’t think we’re complete yet,” Lamoriello said, refusing to discuss Yashin or defenseman Sheldon Souray, among the big fish left in the pool.
Souray may be asking more ($6 million per) than Lamoriello wants to pay. Yashin was bought out last month by the Islanders, who will pay him more than $2 million for each of the next eight seasons. His reputation was further damaged by that Islanders move, but he led that team’s offense during their surprising first half, until he injured a knee, which coincided with their decline.
from the Dallas Morning News,
For Stars fans concerned by the team’s inability to land a scoring forward in the early days of NHL free agency, the message from team president Jim Lites is clear:
“We’re not dumb, we’re not cheap and we’ve not fallen asleep,” he said this week.
The Stars planned to spend $4 million to land an impact scorer when free agency began last week. Their goal remains the same, even if the timetable and method might have changed. Now, any major acquisition will come from a trade and is likely to happen months from now.
“Are we likely to make a trade? Yes, but not in the next week,” Lites said, emphasizing the Stars intend to be patient. “Are we preparing to do something? Absolutely. But we’re not going to do anything stupid.”
from the Tennessean,
The Predators can stay in Nashville by averaging 14,000 in paid attendance this season, but a leader of a local group bidding for the team said the average needs to be 16,000 for owners to break even.
The Predators have never averaged 16,000 — their highest average was 15,364 in 1999-2000 — and with about three months to go until the 2007-08 season begins, they have about 7,000 season-ticket holders. That’s about where they were at this time last year, the team said.
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